Winter in Penticton: Top 5 Things To Do

Summer days in Penticton are the best kind of difficult. There are simply too many things to do. Visitors know it too, with thousands of people heading to the town to swim, hike, float, wine tour, paddle, sunbathe and climb over the warmer months.

As the sun disappears, the crowds disperse. What they miss, however, are all the awesome experiences Penticton has to offer during the winter. Read on for a taste of the top things to do during a winter trip in Penticton. 

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Sicamous paddle boat on snowy Okanagan Lake beach
The S.S. Sicamous in winter

Go wine tasting

Though the majority of Naramata Bench wineries close up shop after harvest in October, there are still a few that offer tastings year-round.

Run by a lovely down to earth Canadian British couple, Upper Bench Winery and Creamery is one of our top spots to visit for their bold wines and rich cheeses. They are open daily, which leaves no excuses not to get your winter wine and cheese fix!

If you have a beer lover with you, be sure to check out Bad Tattoo Brewing (beer + pizza!), Cannery Brewing (beer + the best nachos in town!) and Tin Whistle Brewing (great beer done well). 

Wine touring on Penticton's Naramata Bench

Skate through the trees

A short drive from Penticton into the mountains will bring you to a skating experience like few others. A world away from any ordinary rink, Apex Ski Resort’s Skating Loop offers a bit of old-fashioned winter magic. The loop route winds through a cathedral of snowy trees for a distance of 1km.

Located close to the main entrance to Apex’s parking lot, a small cabin (perfect for changing shoes) signifies the start of the loop. Tickets to skate the loop are only $4. It’s definitely a unique experience that is difficult to find elsewhere in British Columbia. 

Ice skating on Apex's loop, near Penticton
Gliding around Apex’s Skating Loop

Boulder and beer

While some hardy locals do climb at the world famous Skaha Bluffs all year long, most take a break over the winter months when the rock is too frigid to touch. Thanks to the enterprising folks at Hoodoo Adventures, it is also possible to winter climb in Penticton at their climbing gym on Ellis Street.

Small but challenging and fun, the gym happens to be right across the street from Cannery Brewing’s taproom. I doubt this is a coincidence but it is an unbeatable winter afternoon combination. Hoodoo also put on winter events such as the Santa Rec Run.

Climbing at Hoodoo Adventures gym in Penticton
JR climbing on a winter weekend in Penticton

Take a hike In Penticton

Snow doesn’t have to mean a hiking break; some of our favourite Penticton hikes are still perfectly accessible in winter. The Kettle Valley Railway trail, with its easy grades and well packed down pathways, makes for a perfect short winter walk.

Just above, the summit of Munson Mountain offers epic views across both lakes and the town centre. Walking along the Okanagan Lake promenade is one of my favourite winter activities, especially when the sun is out. 

If snowshoeing is more your hiking style in winter, there are opportunities in the local hills or visit Nickel Plate Nordic Centre near Apex.

City of Penticton surrounded by snowy mountains and lake
View of Penticton, British Columbia, in winter

Slide down a mountain in Penticton

For those needing a winter adrenaline hit, Penticton has a couple of great options. A hidden gem of BC resorts, Apex is just a 50-minute drive from town. You’ll be welcomed by near non-existent lift lines, challenging runs, plentiful powder and incredible summit views.

If one day just isn’t enough, there are a few different accommodation options to check out, ranging from slopeside hotel-style rooms to cosy lodges with hot tubs. 

A little further away is Baldy Mountain Resort. While Apex already offers a fantastic skiing to lift wait ratio, Baldy is a whole other level. When visiting on weekdays, it is a bit like having your very own ski resort!

The exceptionally friendly welcome, affordable ticket prices, truly local vibe and proliferation of blue runs are the icing on the top of this great ski hill. 

Apex ski hill near Penticton, BC
Apex Ski Resort – a perfect winter destination near Penticton

Looking to book somewhere to stay in Penticton?

Lakeside Villa Inn and Suites – Great value 

Penticton Lakeside Resort – Awesome location

House Victoria Bed and Breakfast – Highly rated on

Have you been to Penticton in the winter?

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2 thoughts on “Winter in Penticton: Top 5 Things To Do”

  1. Penticton (really the South Okanagan) is beautiful in the winter. Yes, it can be cloudy and windy but you don’t need to go south to find a sunshine – just drive up a mountain! Baldy has our heart but there are great things up at Apex and Nickle Plate. Great list 🙂

    • So true – we were at Baldy just this last Sunday, soaking up the sun while the Valley remained in cloud! Thanks for your comment Josée, I am loving your instagram feed right now!


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